The starry-eyed fascination with South American shamanism in the spiritual counter-culture is beginning to shift towards a more grounded, realistic perspective. Aurelia Hunter tells a personal tale of Q’ero shaman mistreating her when she was seeking a mentor.
It’s the beginner’s mind full of childlike curiosity that keeps us humble and fuels our evolution. However, I have also discovered that seeking too far outside of our own inner wisdom can cause a willingness to give away one’s own power. At the start, I could not comprehend that the true teacher would appear the moment I stopped seeking. So I am sharing a story of falling into the illusion that we have to be with certain teachers of particular backgrounds and in certain “power spots” to receive the appropriate energy transmissions to become shamans, medicine women, and other labels of the spiritual walk. I would like to acknowledge that this can be advantageous as well as dangerous. Shamanism and life seem like one large paradox.
Let me make clear, I completely respect the traditions and ceremonies of the indigenous cultures, and I think it is important to learn as much as we can from each other, because the importance of ancient wisdom is integral to our process as human beings. Their connection to the unseen realms is magnificent and their sacred rituals and ceremonies pay respect to those who came before and those who have yet to come. These critical elements, missing from our modern day world, are crucial to our awakening. And yet, I believe there is still a darkness that needs to be illuminated, a darkness that I experienced first hand, a power struggle that crossed boundaries forever breaking trust and changing my path.